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There are several databases and indexes to find reviews of a particular book, depending on:
Finding a review of a specific history book may prove to be a piece of cake, or more time-consuming with having to look in several databases or indexes, because not every book is reviewed. General interest books are more likely to be reviewed in general interest periodicals, like newspapers or magazines, while scholarly works are more likely to be reviewed in journals. Also, it may take a while for scholarly reviews to be published. Generally they aren't reviewed until at least a year after the book was published.
Each of our databases and print indexes has a different scope of the number and type of periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) covered, as well as date range. The sources are arranged by the type of book reviews and publication dates you’ll find within the source.
I want to find scholarly book reviews from major anthropology journals and my book was published at least six years ago.
I want to do a comprehensive search for book reviews from anthropology journals and my book was published before 2003.
My book was published between 1905 and 1980, and I want to find reviews from popular newspapers and magazines and a few journals.
Use Book Review Digest Retrospective. (We also have Book Review Digest in print, Ref Z1035 .A1 B3558 1905-present.)
I want to find reviews from popular newspapers and magazines and some scholarly journals and my book was published after 1965.
Use Book Review Index: A print set located in Reference, call number Ref Z1035 .A1 B6.
I want to find reviews from popular newspapers and magazines and scholarly journals, and my book was published after 2000.
Try these all-subjects online databases:
Academic Search Complete – best for scholarly journals
ProQuest – solid mix of newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals
Nexis Uni – purely for non-scholarly newspaper and magazine reviews